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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 1, Issue 2, Summer 1994

Kate Lindemann
Pages 25-32
DOI: 10.5840/pcw1994129

Philosophy of Liberation in the North American Context
Transforming Oppressor Consciousness

This paper utilizes concepts from the works of Paulo Freire and other Latin American philosophers of liberation to formulate a philosophy of liberation in a North American context. Since many North Americans experience a double consciousness, that is, both oppressor and oppressed consciousness, our liberating task is quite complex. This study offers both a philosophical framework and an example of the process of demythologizing one aspect of North American consciousness, the consciousness of privilege.